Is Wall’s back against a wall?

October 23, 2009

The word on the street, or at least from ESPN and the LHL,  is that John Wall could be looking at an NCAA suspension over questions regarding his amateur status.  The same fate faces Mississippi State’s top freshman, Renardo Sidney.  

Wall’s eligibility quandary stems from his former coach, Brian Clifton, who allegedly was a certified agent while also serving as Wall’s coach.  And according to at least one blog, no actually two blogs  this is apparently not new news.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told ESPN.com that “The line in the sand is if an agent or whatever they want to call themselves was marketing an individual student-athlete or prospective student-athlete based on their athletic abilities. If so, there are potential issues.”

Penalties can include Wall being required to pay back any “expenses” or being suspended from a certain percentage of games. 

Just what would he have to pay back?  Someone tell me.  I haven’t a clue.  But I am curious.  Apparently, in 2005 UK’s Randolph Morris’ was suspended from 14 games after he associated with a sports agency during a failed attempt to enter the NBA Draft. 

So, what kind of card games get played with these “agents?”  Give me some of the gossip, innuendo, anecdotes, rumor –or better yet — true stories of the things that go on.  I wanna know! 

This is the kind of stuff that reeeeeeally gets me going.

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Warp speed . . . engage

October 16, 2009

There’s a great post by Mark Story over at kentuckysports.com on the mega boost of adrenalin John Wall and Eric Bledsoe are expected inject into the Wildcats this year.  The lickety-split Wall and Bledsoe are described as “blurs” on the court,  with Wall immodestly claiming he’s the fastest and Bledsoe dubbing himself as the Hermes of the hoops.  Story observes though that Wall and Bledsoe are not just fast, “they are fuel-injected jets who also bring both basketball skill and know-how.”  Story predicts the upcoming season as being “the return of basketball with a rumba beat.”  So, shall we dance?

Here’s some video of the dynamic duo’s fast and fancy footwork.


Wildcat Couture

July 23, 2009

Well, a trip to T.J. Maxx proved fruitful.  If you’re looking for a wide variety of UK-ware at some rock-bottom prices, this is the place to go.  The shirts below made the final cut (that’s sports jargon isn’t it?) for my consideration.

1.  Unique but a little too flashy.

1. Unique but a little too flashy.

shirt 1a

2. I like this one. Vintage and stylish yet understated.

This one's kind of cliche, don't ya think.  Zzzzzzzzz.

3. This one's kind of cliche, don't ya think? Zzzzzzzzz.

I like this one too.  Made by Coliseum with a little more wow to it.

4. I like this one too. A little more wow than #2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I decided on Number 2 — vintage yet subtle.  Now, the store  had the shirt priced at around $15, but I found the same shirt in the same store on a clearance rack for $5 — You can’t beat that.   Who says Wildcat fans can’t be thrifty?

Okay, so now I’m suited up.  Next job is to learn more about this new coach — the celebrated J.C.